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A BIBUOGRAPHIC 

CHECK-UST OF THE WORKS OF 

JAMES BRANCH CABELL 

1904-1921 

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FRANK SHAY 

1921 



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April 23, 1921. 
Dear Mr. 

In re the queston you ask about the 
''connecting theme" of my books, the 
most obvious connection is, of course, the 
fact that they constitute a largish family 
tree. This genealogy I began to trace 
out as far back as 1902, when I wrote 
the first of the stories afterward bound 
up together in The Line of Love. And 
^ general ''method*' followed in that 
volume — of depicting a decisive passage 
in the lives of two persons, then a simi- 
lar untying of knots in the life of a child 
of that couple, and yet afterward in one 
of the grandchildren's life-history, — ^has 
been extended, but never altered in my 
other volumes. The most plain connec- 
tion of my various books is, thus, almost 
precisely the same connection that exists 
among the several stories in The Line of 
Love. 

Now I have completed the "definitive" 
versions (to appear in the autumn of 
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1921) of Chivalry and The Line of Love 
by the addition of conaiderable matter, 
which, for one reason or another, was 
omitted from the first editions. And all 
traces pretty clearly now from Dom 
Manuel, and the descendanta whom he 
and Alianora left in England, and other 
descendants whom he and Niafer left in 
Poictesme, and from the ten images that 
he and Freydis informed with fire from 
Audela, and set to live as men among 
mankind. 

But in a deeper sense, I like to think, 
the coherency of these books is not merely 
genealogic . . . Beyond Life now 
stands as a sort of preface to embody the 
vital and aesthetic theories thereafter 
builded on. Forthwith you have Manuel, 
and later Jurgm, posed as the ancestors 
and life-sources of all my leading char- 
acters. It is the life of Manuel, and the 
life of Jurgen, as this life is perpetuated 
in their descendants, that 1 continue to 
tell about. The vital principle of each 
of these extreme "types" is presently 
blended with the other, in the person and 
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and the compound is — I needn't say, — 
very variously iiffected and guided and 
foiled by the milieu in which it there- 
after happens to find itself. But it is, 
actually, with Manuel's life and with 
Jurgen's life, as each life is transmitted 
through many gienerations down to the 
present survival of this life in Lichfield 
(and with in most cases each of its re- 
newals prefaced hy an edifyingly proper 
matrimonial prologue) that my books 
are concerned always . . . 

Manuel, let me say here, I planned to 
be the type which finds its sole, if in- 
complete, expression in action: I have, 
in consequence, carefully refrained from 
ascribing to Dom Manuel any thoughts 
whatever. And Jurgen was designed to 
illustrate Dom Manuel's utmost contrary, 
in that Jurgen derives his real, his deep- 
est, his one unfailing pleasure from the 
exercise of his — pace Mr. Sumner — 
intelligence. To Jurgen, the progenitor 
of all the poets and all the inadequate, 
unpractical persons in my bool^ the 
most interesting thing in the world — in 
fact, the one wholly worth while thing — 
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is to watch his own brain working, espe- 
cially when this fine curious toy is set to 
outmatch the workings of some other 
brain. Inevitably, therefore, Jurgen has 
become a synonym for bodily excess . . 

Between these two extremes range the 
inherited traits of their descendants, who 
display, not unnaturally, an occasional 
maiked family resemblance. And the 
"connecting theme" of the books, viewed 
in this light, would seem to be the lean 
and dusty axiom that human beings and 
human living are pretty much the same 
in all times and stations, and come by 
varying roads, as did Jurgen the pawn- 
broker and Manuel the high Count, to 
pretty much the same end . . . 

Yet, underlying all, of course, is the 
profounder "connecting dieme'* that Hor- 
vendile is the erratic demiurge who com- 
poses and controls the entire business ex- 
tempore, without any prompter except 
his own whims: but that is really a mat- 
ter almost too complex here to explain. 
Rather does discretion urge me to refer 
you to Sasvius Nicanor's fine chapters on 
this very interesting theory . . , For it 
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all comes back to tbeory, and to the cool- 
ing reflection that it is the nature of every 
explanatory theory to be evolved after 
the phenomena it accountB for — even, I 
suspect, when it is one's own Aeory about 
one's own books. 

James Branch Cabell 

Dumbarton Grange, 

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INTRODUCTION 

riifUS bibliographic dock list of first 
-i- editions to date of James Brand) 
Cabell needs no excuse except the large 
and increasingly number of collectora of 
diose first editions. While collectors 
fonn <Bily a small part of the reading 
public, ^ir activities have a definite 
bearing on an author's fame and so their 
convraience is here served. The com- 
piler of this list aids their purposes not 
so much as an admirer of collecting as 
an admirer of Mr. CabelL 

Mr. Hugh Walpole in his Ytde Review 
article, "Hie Art of James Branch 
Cabell** describes the Cabell books as a 
"succession of instalments in one long 
history.*' In speaking of the recurrent 
figures through the series of books as 
linked manifestations of "that travelling 
soul vdio remains, from first to last, his 
luifallering subject," Mr. Walpole finds 
his proofs of intentional links in follow- 
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INTRODDCnON 

ing the chronological order, as in the con- 
ventional style of the ordinary check list. 
Mr. Cabell's publishers, in reprinting the 
Yale Review article, append a list in 
what they please to call "geneological 
sequence," later referring to the list as 
"Biography" of the fictional character as 
opposed to the three "Genealogy" books 
of the actual Major and Branch families. 
This list of course has been seen and ap- 
proved by Mr. Cabell, if not actually out- 
lined by him, and is as follows: Beyond 
Life, Figures of Earth, Domnei, Chiv- 
alry, Jurgen, Taboo, The Line of Love, 
GaUantry, The Certain Hour, The Cords 
of Vanity, From the Hidden Way, The 
Riv& in Grandfaiher^s Neck, The Eagle's 
Shadow, The Cream of the Jest. 

Whether this linking together of lit- 
erary output was designed from the be- 
ginning of Mr. Cabell's activity, or was a 
growth natural to following a certain 
method of work, only the author himself 
can tell. He is pleased to call most of 
his books comedies — of purse strings, of 
sbiiking, of wcmian worship, of limita- 
tions, of evasions, of justice, and of ap- 
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pearaoces. From these comedies he leaps 
lightly now and then into a "dizain" — 
coming in sets of ten, as one's fingers and 
toes, dizains of wedlodcs, of genteel en- 
tertainment, of royal women, of poets, of 
creative intelligencies. He calls your at- 
tention to human foibles with a smile and 
a shrug of the shoulder, rather than the 
loud denounce and the pointed finger. 

The method of this check list is to give 
the general description of the books so 
that they can be visualized, together with 
whatever technical information is neces- 
sary to define to a certainty the first print- 
ing or binding. The list is so short that 
all books are put chronologically, without 
trying to separate from it those of less 
importance, or of which Mr. Cabell is 
audior only in part If the material has 
previously appeared in magazine or 
newspaper, we indicate that, in a general 
way, leaving to a future bibliographer 
the exact dates and eiSended descriptions. 
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1904 
The Eagle's Shadow 

12 mo, red cloth, gilt lettering, gilt and 
white seal on front cover and backbone, 
piclorial end-papers. New York: Double- 
day Page & Company, 1904. Tide and 
preliminary pages are printed in green. 
Frontispiece and seven illustrations by 
Will Grefe; decorations by Blanche Os- 
tertag. 256 pages. In the first state the 
dedication is to "M.L.P.B." Novel. A 
note on the copyright pages says "an 
abridged version of this story appeared 
serially in the Saturday Evening Post 
during the summer of 1904. The novel 
is here given as originally conceived by 
the author." 

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The Line of Love 

8 vo, light green cloth, gilt, white oma- 
mentation and colored paster on front 
cover. Gilt top, otherwise untrimmed; 
decorated end-papers. New Yoik: Har- 
per & Brothers, 1905. Frontispiece and 
nine illustratioos in color hy Howard 
Pyle. Collection of seven related short 
stories (originally appearing in Harper's 
Magazine) with Episde Dedication and 
Ekivoi. 291 pages. Second bindings 
omit most of the elaborate ornamenta- 
tion. 

1907 

Gallantry 

8 vo, silver grey cloth, gilt, silver and 
white omamentaticm. Gilt top, otherwise 
untrimmed; pictorial end-papers. New 
York: Harper & Brothers, 1907. Fron- 
tispieoe and three illustrations (tipped 
in) in color hy Howard Pyle. Collec- 
tion of eleven short stories, credited to 
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Epistle Dedicatory, Prologue and Epi- 
logue. 334 pages. Second bindings 
omit the elaborate ornamentation. 

1907 

Branchiana 

8 vo, green or red clodi, gilt lettering, 
gilt top, otbenvise untrimmed. Ridi- 
mond, Vi^inia: Whittet and Shepper- 
son, 1907. Frontispiece and nine por- 
trait inserts. 177 pages and one page of 
Errata. 147 this edition, signed. Later 
bindings of 30 copies are in buff, with, 
frontispiece only. 

1909 

The Cords of Vanity 

12 mo, red cloth, white lettering. New 
Yoik: Doubleday Page & Company, 
1909. Frontispiece in color, 341 pages. 
Novel. In its subsequent revised state it 
is called "A Comedy of Shirking." The 
first binding has "Cords of Vanity" in 
box on front cover, and **The" is also 
omitted from title on back of the book. 
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1909 

Chitalbt 

8 TO, red cloth, gilt, white and gre«& 
ornamentation. Gilt top, otherwise un* 
trimmed, colored end-papers. New York: 
Harper & Brothers, 1909. Frontispiece 
uid nine Olustratims in ixAot by Howard 
Pjrle. Collectifm of tea short stories, 
originally appearing in Harper's Maga- 
line (widi the exceptiMi of No. 7 of the 
**Dizain of Queens" series), witii Pre- 
cautional. Prologue and Epilogue. 224 
pages. Second bindings omit the elab- 
orate ornamentation. 



1911 
Branch of Abingdon 

8 vo, green cloth, gilt top, otherwise un- 
trimmed. Richmond, Virginia: Wm. 
Ellis Jones Sons, Inc., 1911. Frontis- 
piece of document facsimile, and nine 
inserts of places connected with the 
Branch family. 126 pages. 100 copies. 
Hie Kingsland edition was limited to 15 
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copies, of which only lai were actually 
made — signed and numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 
5, 6, 11, 12, 14, 15 — on Japan vellum 
paper, title-page in two colors, and bound 
in led Morocco. In copies 11, 12, 14, 
15, the seventh line of page 114 was re- 
set correctly, "Mercia" being substituted 
for "Chester," so that these four copies 
differ from all other copies. At the same 
time were printed 100 signed and num- 
bered copies, and 100 unnumbered and 
unsigned copies, in green budcram. 



The Soul of Meucent 

Small 8 vo, dark Uue cloth (later bind- 
ings in black), gilt, pictorial paster on 
front cover. New Yoik: Frederick A. 
Stokes Company, 1913. Frontispiece 
and three illustrations in color by How- 
ard Pyle. Novel. 216 pages. In its 
revised state as "Domnei," it is called 
"A Comedy of Woman-Worship." 
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1915 

The Rivet in Grandfather's Neck 

12 mo, brown cloth, gik. New York: 
Robert M. McBride & Company, 1915, 
368 pages. Novel: "A Comedy of Lim- 
itations." 

1915 

The Majors and Thedi Marriages 

8 vo, green cloUi, gilt lettering, top 
trimmed, otherwise unctit. Richmond, 
Virginia: The W. C. Hill Printing Com- 
pany, 1915. 183 pages. Burlington 
edition, so described, has 100 copies- 
signed. The Rosbury edition is in paper,, 
blue-gray or buff, 200 unnumbered and 



1916 
From the Hidden Way 

12 mo, brown cloth, gilt, top trimmed^ 
otherwise uncut. New Yoik: Robert M. 
McBride & Company, 1916. 187 pages. 
The title page states it to be "seventy- 
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five adaptations in verse." The first 
binding has: Fnwn die / Hidden / Way 
(ornament) James / Branch / Cabell on 
die front cover, has trimmed edges and 
is ^ of an inch less in height than later 
issues. Second binding has underlined 
*'c" in "McBride" on backbone. 

1916 

The Certain Hour 

12 mo, brown cloth, gilt, dark brown 
plate behind title on front cover. New 
York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 
1916. 253 pages. Collection of ten 
short stories, as die subtitle (Dizain des 
Poetes) would indicate, reprinted from 
various magazines. 

1917 
The Creah of the Jest 

12 mo, brown cloth, gilt lettering, top 
trimmed, odierwise imcut. New York: 
Robert M. McBride & Company, 1917. 
280 pages. Novel: "A Comedy of 
Evasions." 

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1919 

Beyond Life 

12 mo, brown cloth, gilt lettering, top 
trimmed, otherwise uncut. New Yoric: 
Robert M. McBride & Company, 1919. 
Essays: "Dizain des Dwniurges." (Crea- 
tive Intellects) Some few of the earliest 
issues were bound in a very dark cloth, 
"Italian chocolate" — so dark as to be 
almost black. 



JURGEN 

12 mo, brown dodi, gilt lettering, top 
trimmed, otherwise uncut. New York: 
Robert M. McBride & Company, 1919. 
368 pages. Novel: "A Comedy of Jus- 
tice." Tlie "suppressed" book. First 
issue measures 1% indies across die top 
of sheets. Second edition on thidter 
paper measures about ^ inch mote. 
Third edition states the fact on the copy- 
right page. 

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DOUNEI 

12 mo, brown cloth, gilt, top trimmed, 
otherwise uncut. New York : Robert M. 
McBride & Company, 1920. 218 pages. 
This is announced by the publisher as a 
revised edition of "Melicent," (1913) 
q. V. 

1920 

The Cords of Vanitt 

12 mo, brown cloth, gilt, top trimmed, 
otherwise tmcut. New York: Robert M. 
McBride and Company, 1920. 330 
pages. Novel: "A Comedy of Shirk- 
ing." Revised edition of bode pub- 
lished in 1909. 

1920 

Prize Stories, 1919 

0. Henry Memorial Award 

8 vo, blue-black cloth, gilt lettering. 
Garden City: Doubleday Page & Com- 
pany, 1920. 298 pages. Contains "Por- 
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celain Cups" by James Branch Cabell, 
pp. 210-217, reprinted from the Century 
Magazine, 

1920 

The Best Short Stories of 1919 

Edited by Edward J. O'Brien 

8 vo, blue-black cloth, gilt lettering. 
Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 
1920. 414 pages. Contains "The Wed- 
ding Jest" by James Branch Cabell, pp. 
108-122, reprinted from the Century 
Magazine. 

1920 
The Judging of Jurgen 

12 mo; pamphlet, green, blue, brown or 
buff paper covers, cord binding, paper 
label. Chicago: Hie Bookfellows, 1920. 
14 pages. Reprinted with slight re- 
visions from the New York Tribune. 
The large paper edition of 6 copies is 
about 9 by 11 inches, bound in brown 
boards, brown cloth back, paper label. 
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JtmCEN AND THE CeNSOR 

Thin 8 vo, light brown cloth back and 
comers, gilt top, otherwise untrimmed. 
Paper label on back. New YoA, 1920. 
Report of the emergency committee or- 
ganized to protest against the suppres- 
sion of James Branch Cabell's "Jurgen." 
Contains preface, pp. 7-9, and pp. 63-64, 
"The Judging of Jurgen" by Cabell. 77 
pages, 433 copies, 9^ by 6^, and 
fifty copies, niunbers 1 to 50, which are 
9^ by 7^ and are signed by Cabell, as 
is stated upon the paper label. 



1920 

JOHAN BOJER 

By Carl Gad 

12 mo, blue-black cloth, red lettering. 
New Yoric: Moffat Yard & Ccmipany, 
1920. 260 pages. Contains "Critique 
on the Face of the World" by James 
Branch Cabell, pp. 247-255. 
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1921 
Figures of Earth 
12 mo, brown cloth, gilt, top trimmed, 
otherwise uncut. New Yotk: Robert 
M. McBride & Company, 1921. 356 
pages. Novel: "A Comedy of Appear- 
ances." On page 71, the word ''multus" 
in the twelfth line is changed to 
"mundus" in the second edition. Of the 
first edition twenty-five copies were is- 
sued altogether untrimmed, and signed 
by the audior. 

1921 

Taboo 
Tlin 12 mo, brown cloth, gilt lettering. 
New York: Robert M. McBride, 1921. 
40 pages. Skit in the "Jurgen" vein, 
originally appeared in the New Yoric 
Evening Post, here revised and extended 
with headings, subheadings, dedications, 
etc. This edition limited to 920 copies, 
100 signed by the author. There is a 
previously printed four page leaflet, said 
to have been put out in Qiicago, about 
20 or 30 copies, the size and style of 
"Jurgen and the Censor," a straight re- 
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